There are three canoeing docks by the river Aura.
City of Turku maintains three disc golf courses which are in free use and cannot be reserved.
There are eight petanque courts with a stone dust surface in Turku.
The manufacturing and serving of food and foodstuffs is supervised in, for example, restaurants. This supervision ensures that the foodstuffs are healthy and safe to consume. The handling, transport, trading, import, export and marketing of foodstuffs are also supervised. The food industry operator is also responsible for carrying out in-house control. Those who plan to open a restaurant should contact Food Control ahead of time. The notification about opening a restaurant must be sent at least one month in advance.
In Turku there are 20 basketball courts in total, of which 13 are standard size courts and 7 are street basketball courts (smaller than 15x28 m). Courts have an asphalt surface. All basketball courts are in free use and cannot be reserved.
Multipurpose courts are small courts, usually with an asphalt concrete surface. In addition there are multipurpose lawns in Impivaara and Pansio sports park. Courts are suitable for ball games and other types of sport activities. Multipurpose courts are in free use and cannot be reserved via Timmi reservation planner.
Turku Region Interpretation Centre offers community interpreting and translation services for officials working on immigrants’ matters. The translation services of the Interpretation Centre are also available to private individuals.
The services are available in more than 60 languages. Officials can hire interpreters from the Interpretation Centre service number even outside office hours in the evenings and at weekends.
- Turku Region Interpretation Centre
- How to hire an interpreter
- How to order a translation
Outdoor gym devices offer a fun way to train muscles outdoor anytime for free while enjoying the fresh air. With outdoor gym devices, such as lat pull down, pull up, leg press and benches, one can exercise the whole body. The combination of devices varies between places.
In addition to the places listed below, the Ruusukortteli wellbeing centre has outdoor gym devices located on its yard.
The open child welfare clinic is meant for Turku-based customers of maternity and child welfare clinics. No appointment is required at the open clinic, and you can use the services of any child welfare clinic in Turku during the open clinic’s opening hours. You can visit open child welfare clinics to:
The City of Turku arranges various concerts throughout the city. These concerts are often classical music concerts. The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra (TFO) is the oldest orchestra in Finland and among the oldest in the world. There are also concerts in the Old Town Hall on Sundays and in the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art on Tuesdays.
If you are in need of rescue services, contact the Emergency Response Centre.
The emergency number 112 should only be called in the case of emergencies where an individual’s life, health or property or the environment are threatened or in danger, or if there is a reason to assume so.
The Emergency Response Centre will dispatch police, rescue, first response or social services as necessary.
The City of Turku offers many kinds of cultural activities for children.
The activities of the Adventure Park are geared towards children under 12. There you can watch theatre and musical performances and take part in a variety of events and art workshops. Some of the services are free of charge while others have a fee.
Turku Concert Hall hosts events and performances, and museums offer art workshops and guided tours for children. There are also theatre performances aimed at children at the Turku City Theatre.
There are many exercise opportunities for children and teenagers in Turku.
- The Sports Wonderlands for Kids are meant for families with children. Children aged 1–12 can visit the Wonderlands in the company of an adult. The Wonderlands are free of charge.
- The ‘Mihi’ classes offer 13–19-year-olds opportunities for exercising. These classes are also free of charge.
- Sports clubs offer many sports activities for children and teenagers at reasonable prices.
There is no age limit to exercising. Turku provides a range of exercise and sports for seniors both on your own or together, outdoors or indoors provided either by the city, clubs and associations.
From the list of locations you can see the equipments of each place. You can see the booking status of the place in the Timmi booking calendar.
A disabled child or a child with special educational needs has the right to get the interpretation and assistance services, other educational services and special aids he or she needs free of charge in order to participate in the education. (Section 31 of the Basic Education Act) The assistance services needed by the schools are decided upon a request from the schools each year.
On schooldays the student gets a warm meal between 10.00 and 12.00. The meal covers approximately one third of a person’s daily food requirements.
Arkea Ruokapalvelu sells snacks in secondary schools and in upper secondary schools when it is allowed. List of schools and information about snacks and payment options are available in Finnish.
A student will be offered a special diet if the reason is medical, religious or ethical.
Sand fields in free use are free of charge for everyone and cannot be reserved. Night time silence at 22-07.
Sand fields are classified into three classes according to their size: Small sand fields (max. 40x60 m), sand fields for small-sided games (min. 40x60 m) and big sand fields (min. 45x95 m). Most of the fields in free use are small sand fields with the exception of ten sand fields for small-sided games. The fields are covered with either sand or stone dust.
Sand fields are classified into three classes according to their size: Small sand fields (max. 40x60 m), sand fields for small-sided games (min. 40x60 m) and big sand fields (min. 45x95 m). In Turku there are 21 small sand fields, 32 sand fields for small-sided games and 8 big sand fields. During the winter some fields can be used for ice skating. Fields are covered with either sand or stone dust.
For personal advice on matters important to you, seek out Infotori. Infotori is located at the Skanssi shopping centre, as is Monitori.
Infotori provides advice for, among other matters, the following:
- finances and social security
- matters concerning residence permits and citizenship
- working life
- legal questions
- assistance with documents and in filling in forms
In Turku, the property owner is responsible for arranging the transportation of waste. Each property owner must make an agreement with a waste transportation company. In the case of apartment buildings, terraced houses and other types of corporate housing, the housing company usually arranges this transportation. Those living in detached houses must take care of the arrangements for waste transportation themselves.
TVT Asunnot Oy, a real estate company owned by the City of Turku, has over 11 000 apartments throughout Turku. Information about the apartments, application process and contact details can be found on TVT’s website. Information about other rental service agencies can be found on the city’s website.
From the locations list you can see the equipment of each place. You can see the booking status of the place in the Timmi booking calendar.
From the location list you can see the equipment of each place. You can see the booking status of the place in the Timmi booking calendar.
There are many museums in Turku maintained by different authorities. The museums owned by the City of Turku are:
- Turku Castle
- the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art
- the Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum
- the Pharmacy Museum and the Qwensel House
- the Biological Museum and
- Kurala Village of Living History.
Among the museums maintained by various foundations are, for example: